Hi guys and a happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovely couples our there! If you are not a couple than a happy Wednesday to you! That’s fun too. Either way I hope you have a productive, blessed, and joyful day.
February is important to many people. Not only do couples celebrate their relationships, but all Americans observe Black History Month. All month-long there is special programming dedicated to the ethnicity/race and children learn about black history in their classrooms. I remember I would do something on Martin Luther King where we would just read about him and discuss our thoughts. While as fourth graders in the 21st century, it was difficult for them to comprehend and articulate what racism is and what it feels like, I thought it was my duty to teach them to celebrate differences and stand up for what they believe in.
This year February is also the month when the Chinese New Year will be celebrated. For those of you who don’t know, this year is The Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. You can learn more about Chinese New Year 2018 HERE. In a nutshell or a dumpling, the two-week festival celebrates the turn of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar.
If you want to teach your children about Chinese New Year, read to them or have them read “In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson” (See HERE). “In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson” is a children’s novel by Bette Bao Lord about a young girl named Shirley Temple Wong who leaves a secure life within her clan in China following World War II to start a new one in United States. Many Chinese customs and traditions are discussed, along with their importance to Wong and her family. This novel is humorous in its treatment of Shirley’s adjustment to her new culture. Many parallels are drawn between them and their “fitting in,” from their being pigeon-toed runners, to their being different from the status quo. Her rabid interest in that most American of sports, baseball, defines her acceptance of her new culture as well as its acceptance of her. Whenever we did shared reading with my students, they had a riot.
For those husbands, fathers, uncles, cousins, (and boyfriends, I am not sure how conservative your Chinese family is) who want to gift their female family members handbags, know that Longchamp has come up with bags to celebrate The Year of the Dog. Tao Liang, one of China’s most influential fashion bloggers, reinterpreted Longchamp’s iconic foldable bag in lamb leather, giving it a slightly more structured feel, and – because 2018 is the Year of the Dog – he added a playful signature in the form of a pair of paw prints.
The Mr. Bags for Longchamp limited edition was launched in early January 2018 via WeChat (See HERE) and key Longchamp stores in China, as well as selected flagships in Asia and Europe. Happy Shopping!
*Not sure yet if the bags are ethically sourced or if animals are subjected to abuse in making these.